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Old 22. Feb 2010, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Linux people ... I need advice from you all.

I have an old PC lying at my home. It has P-III, 384 MB SDRAM, Intel motherboard, and a 40 GB hard disk drive.

Which Linux distro will run on it?

I have been reading up on distros a bit. Reading on Distrowatch, about the major distributions page, I liked Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, openSUSE, Debian, Mandriva, PCLinuxOS.

Then I have been reading up on http://www.dedoimedo.com/. It has got some very good distro reviews, of many popular distros. From there, Ubuntu, Mint, openSUSE, and Mandriva are the ones that have very good reviews.

From what I read, Ubuntu is not very good with old PCs, and most probably will not support the hardware. So, its out of my choice I think.
As Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, so I assume, it will be out of the choices too? I have read positive reviews for Mint, and it was my preference over Ubuntu.

Fedora seems to be the experimental ground for Red Hat Enterprise, and so, many of its versions are unstable. The review on Dedoimedo was also not positive, so its out of my list.

Debian is also out of list... I do not remember the reason.

openSUSE looked quite good to me. But, on Distrowatch, it was written that Novell had tied up with MS, and that thing had put me off. But on Dedoimedo, the review of openSUSE has been very positive, and it was even the top distro out of the recent choices, even ahead of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 9.10 does not have a very good review, and it is said to be bad than its previous version.

Mandriva on Distrowatch had good review, but it said, that some issues were there in its developers community. I was going to take it out of list, but again, Dedoimedo has positive review on it.

So far, openSUSE and Mandriva seem to me the best options. I might go for openSUSE. But question is, will they support my hardware? Any suggestion will be helpful.
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Old 22. Feb 2010, 04:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had tried Puppy Linux from its live CD, and I had absolutely loved it. If nothing works, I may go for it. I think it can be installed on the hard disk?

I have to read about SimplyMEPIS too. Read its good.

Also, when I use the 40 GB HDD on my old PC, I have to put the 32 GB limit jumper with it. With Linux, can that limit be removed? Or, it might be that my BIOS does not support the full drive. I forgot, I will have to check again.

Meanwhile, I will read more reviews on Dedoimedo.

Any other good sites for Linux reviews?
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Old 22. Feb 2010, 06:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This Mandriva will run on real old computers. I am using on an 8 plus year old Dell D400.
Runs very well. Even tho I use Debian, I like this OS on this old Dell Laptop. I use version 2 (I like the software, compared to version 3)

https://www.furk.net/l/dd/mandriva-l...aign=dl_choice

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Thanks for the suggestion . I will find out more about the edition.
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this is a better link, sorry

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...on-52689.shtml
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Old 22. Feb 2010, 08:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks again. Ah, the LXDE edition, thats why it must be light. LXDE, Xfce, Openbox... these are considered to be light desktop managers.

I was just reading about CrunchBang Linux, based on Ubuntu, which uses Openbox, and is very good for old machines. Looks like a good option.
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Old 23. Feb 2010, 12:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You cant go wrong with Puppy linux. I run puppy straight off a usb stick. Makes a great way to carry an OS in your pocket.
Mepis has something called Antix. It was specifically designed for older computers. Here's a pretty good article on it. http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS8031025874.html

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I like Crunchbang, good on older laptop (243 ram + or -) - boots/loads fast and wireless/mobile broadband worked 'out of the box'.

Also worth a look is Mint Fluxbox (needs 256 ram?) but very slick & fast - second one listed at this link:

http://www.linuxmint.com/

Hope it's of interest?

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Old 23. Feb 2010, 06:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestion guys .

I read about CrunchBang yesterday, and I think it will be better than Antix. Antix is based on SimplyMEPIS, which in turn is based on Ubuntu.

CrunchBang is based on Ubuntu, and offers lightweight Openbox as the windows manager.

Many thanks for mentioning the Linux Mint edition Richard. Great! I always wanted to run Linux Mint. Mint Fluxbox might be the thing I need.

From what I have read, openSUSE seems very good. Very stable, easy to install. I would read more to see, if it can work on my old PC, or if there is an edition available for the older PCs.
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